In this modern world technology has become an integral part of our lives. Education system across the world is also not left untouched by it.Technology has modified dynamics of Education learning and has upgraded education offering in major ways.
In India, availability of economical smartphones, internet and computers are making education more accessible and inexpensive. As a result, people living in urban as well as rural areas are experiencing high quality learning.
An educational start-up in Chennai called QED, a few months ago wanted to test whether children learn better from bots or teachers. They did this simple experiment with around hundred to one hundred and fifty students . About 60% of students were recorded performing better when their doubts were cleared by bots.
Priya Ramakrishnan, a high school teacher in Bangalore, feels that “While technology has many uses, it cannot understand or fulfill the psychological needs of a child. It cannot teach empathy.”
According to a recent report by Google and KPMG , the online education system in India will possibly reach $1.96 billion by 2021. In a report by Tracxn it was stated that in 2012 alone , there were 2,400 ed-tech startups in India.
A MOOC , is a course that is open to worldwide participants and is delivered online. Coursera and Udemy are famous examples. Digital education makes both students as well as teachers’ lives easier.
Khan Academy is also a digital platform which offers quality learning for free . It is a nonprofit online education platform.
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FACTORS LEADING TO GROWTH OF DIGITAL LEARNING PLATFORMS IN INDIA:
- Increasing demands from various segments .
- Increment in number of smartphone users.
- Cheaper and accessible Internet connections.
- Rising participation at government level.
- Quality learning platforms.
DETAILS OF HOW TECHNOLOGY IS CHANGING EDUCATION IN INDIA
TAKING LEARNING BEYOND CLASSROOMS
With E-learning and cloud computing coming to our smartphone screen . We can learn anything, anywhere without being restricted to a particular physical space. Various online courses ranging from Basic to Professional courses can be accessed by anyone worldwide. Coursera and Udemy are famous platforms providing online courses.
Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) are being adopted by various educational institutions.
STUDENTS AND TEACHERS ENGAGING IN MORE INTERACTIVE WAY OF LEARNING.
Students with the help of Technology are now able to explore more contents, ideas, elements and alternatives to expand their horizon. Technology based learning modules are paving way for active student participation.
More teachers and students are engaging in live online classes, webinars, etc as and when possible. Any doubts of students can be solved easily. It creates a dynamic environment for the next generation modification. So, Technology has changed dynamics of Education learning.
E-BOOKS MAKING LEARNING SIMPLE
With the advancement of digital media, the concept of books is no more restricted to bundles of papers. The emergence of e-books has changed the scenario and there is limitless access to books available online. EBOOKS are cheaper, eco-friendly and more interactive.
The National Digital Library of India provides numerous books for everyone. It has made available learning resources to the learners community to or single window. National Mission on Education through Information And Communication Technology (NMEICT) has sponsored it. Funding is done by MHRD.
CLASSROOM ARE BECOMING MORE COLLABORATIVE
More number of students as well as teachers are using social media platforms to hold discussion on projects. They are using Wireless presentation systems, Video Conferencing to connect to students worldwide. This leads to productive change of ideas and healthy collaboration.
Students are now experiencing the fun elements in lead through gamification of different concepts.
Many Artificial intelligence applications are making the modification of education through simple tools. These applications enable teachers to personalize learning for each and every student. Through competency based learning, there are more learning opportunities for individuals.
TRENDS IN EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY
- Collaborative Learning
- Learning outside class environment
- Social media in Learning
- Interactivity in the classrooms
- Data management and Analytics
- Gamification in Education
- Online Data and Cyber Security
BENEFITS OF USING TECHNOLOGY IN CLASSROOM
- Improves Engagement
- Improves Knowledge Retention
- Promote Individual Learning
- Encourage Collaboration
- Development of skills through Technology
CHALLENGES OF USE OF EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY IN INDIA
- Limited access to computer hardware and software in educational institutions.
- Lack of Technology based projects in schools.
- Lack of methods to enhance curriculum by using integrated Technology.
- Many students still do not have necessary Technology at home.
SOME ONLINE EDUCATIONAL PLATFORMS IN INDIA
- BYJU’S – The Learning App.
- UnfoldU – Best e-learning app.
- myCBSEguide – CBSE Papers & NCERT Solutions.
- SoloLearn: Learn to Code for Free.
- Khan Academy.
- Coursera: Online courses.
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